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POST-GAME NOTEBOOK: Columbus Crew 2 Montreal Impact 0

 

Columbus Crew Stadium. Columbus, Ohio

65 degrees

cloudy skies

Time of game: 1:58

Goals: Columbus, 30th minute, Milovan Mirosevic and 66th minute, Olman Vargas.

Records: Crew (1-1-0), Impact (0-2-1).

Saves: Andy Gruenebaum 6 (winner), Donovan Ricketts 7 (loser).

MONTREAL IMPACT GAME NOTES:

 

*The Impact are the 19th MLS team.

* They are the third Canadian team along with Toronto & Vancouver.

* One former Columbus Crew on the team in Josh Gardner.

* Jesse Marsch, a former MLS player is the head coach.

* 3 former Akron Zips soccer players are on the team; Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Zarek Valentin and Evan Bush.

* Evan Bush was born in raised in Concord Township in Ohio.

* Director of soccer operations Matt Jordan was an MLS goalkeeper for two seasons in Columbus with the Crew. In the middle of 2004, helping the team win the Eastern Conference championship and the MLS Supporters’ Shield.

Olympic Stadium, former home of the Expos, will be the Impact's home until their stadium is done. (2006 photo by Tolivero via wikipedia commons)

* The Impact will play their home games at Olympic Stadium, which seats 66,308. It is the former home of the 1976 Olympic Games and MLB’s defunct Montreal Expos, who are now the Washington Nationals. For their first home game against the Chicago Fire, the Impact had over 60,000 fans.

* The Impact use a 4-4-2 alignment.

* The team’s only goal in history to date has been off the foot of captain Davy Arnaud, who scored in the 56th minute of its match against Chicago, a 1-1 tie. Arnaud took a Sanna Nyassi cross and knocked it into the upper right corner of the Fire’s net.

COLUMBUS CREW POST-GAME LOCKERROOM INTERVIEW

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COLUMBUS CREW GAME NOTES:

 

 

* The Crew are 6-1-2 vs. Canadian teams overall.

* Crew Stadium will be 13 years old in May 2012.

* Crew captain Chad Marshall made history in the season opener in Colorado. He became the third Columbus Crew player ever to make 200 appearances with the franchise. He joins Jeff Cunningham (203) and Mike Clark (221) who have played more games than any other with the Crew.

The 27-year-old Marshall will have plenty of time to catch those players.

* The Crew honored the NCAA Division III National Champion Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops at halftime of FIRST KICK 2012. OWU WENT 23-2 en route to winning their second men’s soccer title in school history.

Crew Soccer Academy product Travis Wall led the team with 19 goals and 15 assists, including a goal in the 2-1 win over Calvin College on December 5, to win the title.

* The Crew uses a 4-5-1 alignment on the field.

Milovan Mirosevic scored his first goal of season

Olman Vargas scored an insurance goal

Andy Gruenebaum in a rare start shows he's a capable goalkeeper, shutting out Montreal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marshall receives 2011 Crew MVP award

 

Chad Marshall July 2008 (photo by Late1 via wikipedia commons)

One of the long-time members of the Columbus Crew has been named the 2011 Crew Most Valuable Player.

Defender Chad Marshall, one of the best in Major League Soccer, defensive stalwart whose steady play has kept the new-look Crew in a position to win the Eastern Division championship.

Oher award winners include: Danny O’Rourke (comeback player of the year), Eddie Gaven (coaches’ award), Tommy Heinemann (humanitarian of the year), Robbie Rogers (hardest-working man), Emilio Renteria (fan’s choice), Sebastian Miranda (newcomer of the year), Julius James (defender of the year), and Andres Mendoza (golden boot).

Jeff Cunningham, the oldest member of the team, won multiple awards, but was absent from practice on Tuesday and the awards banquet due to an illness. The 35-year-old Cunningham, Major League Soccer’s all-time leading scorer, was named the Adidas man of the year and scored the goal of the year.

 

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Cunningham nets elusive 133rd career goal; ties all-time MLS record

Jeff Cunningham (courtesy of MLS)

Forward Jeff Cunningham’s elusive 133rd goal finally became a reality in the 90th minute and proved to be the game-winner for the Crew as it defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-0 Saturday night.

With his first goal of 2011, Cunningham, is now tied with Jaime Moreno for the Major League Soccer All-time scoring lead, and broke the Crew all-time record of 62 he held with Brian McBride.

Goalkeeper William Hesmer made a season-high seven saves including stopping a penalty shot in the 73rd minute and notched his 40th career shutout.

The Crew played with a man advantage for the eight time this season as midfielder Shea Salinas of Vancouver was sent off in the 77th minute for a hard tackle on Josh Gardner who assisted on Cunningham’s goal 13 minutes later.

The Crew is 7-5-6 on the season, 2-4-3 on the road.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

 

CREW-FIRE POST-MATCH NOTEBOOK

The Chicago Fire did not qualify for the MLS Playoffs for only the second time in their brief history.

They’ve been in the league since 1998.

Under head coach Carlos de los Cobos, the Fire finished 4th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 9-12-9 good for 36 points.

This season did not start off any better and de los Cobos was fired and Frank Klopas was hired to turn things around. The team had gone 11 straight matches without a win before they beat Columbus at Crew Stadium, 1-0 on Sunday. The Crew’s first home loss of the season is at the hands of one of the league’s worst teams. Go figure that one folks!

The Crew have had their problems all-time vs. the Fire. In 43 meetings, they’re 12-21-13 overall, 6-9-6 at Crew Stadium.

* Nine-year Chicago Fire veteran Logan Pause tied Jesse Marsh for fourth on the club’s all-time regular season appearance list with his 200th match coming on March 26 vs. Sporting KC. The Fire captain then took over sole possession of the fourth spot with his appearance in the team’s 2-1 loss to Seattle on April 9.

Having averaged a minimum of 21 matches in each of his nine years with the club, if Pause’s form holds true for this season, he will move into second place all-time in Fire regular season games. Next on the list for the captain is the player he modeled himself after, Chris Armas, who appeared in 214 regular season matches for the club from 1998-2007.

* The Chicago Fire Soccer Club has announced that midfielder Marco Pappa has been selected to the Guatemalan Men’s National Team ahead of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The 23-year-old playmaker will represent his country when they play Group B games.

The talented winger, who has scored four goals during the 2011 MLS campaign, will miss at least three Fire matches while on national team duty with Los Champines.

* The Jeff Cunningham watch continues. The Crew forward will become the club’s all-time leading goal scorer, an honor he currently shares with former teammate Brian McBride with 62. Cunningham, who holds the all-time game-winning-goal record with 39, enters his next match with 132 career goals scored, which is just one behind all-time MLS leading scorer Jaime Moren0.

* Andres Mendoza recorded his first MLS assist on Wednesday night, June 8, against Real Salt Lake. The milestone was also the Columbus Crew 750th as a team. The first ever assist was recorded by Brian McBride in the Crew’s very first match at Ohio Stadium on April 14, 1996 against D.C. United.

* 18-year-old forward Aaron Horton, the Crew’s first ever Home Grown Player in club history made his Major League Soccer debut on Wednesday, June 8, coming on in the 89th minute as a substitute for his idol, Jeff Cunningham.

A native of Lewis Center, Ohio, and product of Olentangy Orange High School and the Crew Soccer Academy, Horton spent one season at the University of Louisville, and helped the Cardinals advance to the NCAA Men’s College Cup for the first time in school history and finished as the national runner-up.

He spent the 2009-2010 season with CSA and was a member of the Crew’s 2010 USL Super 20′s National Championship team last summer, where he was named tournament MVP.

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Crew rallies to beat Real Salt Lake 2-1; Mendoza, Gardner goals 6 minutes apart key

Andres Mendoza (courtesy of MLS)

The Columbus Crew were trailing for over 70 minutes against Real Salt Lake, one of the MLS’ top defensive teams.

Then, in the span of six minutes, “America’s Hardest Working Team” scored two goals which changed the momentum of the game.

Josh Gardner’s first goal in a Crew uniform lifted Columbus to a thrilling come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake Wednesday night at Crew Stadium. The Crew remained unbeaten at home (4-0-3) and improved to 4-3-6 on the season.

Gardner gave Columbus the lead in the 82nd minute when his shot from 22 yards out hit the left thigh of Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler and skipped past goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

The Crew had been trailing when they finally received a break in the 76th minute when Justin Meram was tripped in the box by Jamison Olave and Andres Mendoza converted the penalty kick to tie the game at 1-1.

RSL (6-3-2) had led 1-0 since the 7th minute when Olave scored off a Nelson Gonzalez corner kick.

Josh Gardner (megasportsnews.com photo)

Scoring any goals against Real Salt Lake is a chore in itself, but two! In its previous four games, they had yielded just one goal.

GAME NOTES:

* Andres Mendoza of the Crew scored his fourth goal of the season.

* Josh Gardner’s goal was his first in MLS play since the 2006 season, when he was with the LA Galaxy.

* Aaron Horton, the Crew’s first Home Grown Player, made his major league debut, coming in for his idol Jeff Cunningham in the 89th minute.

* The Crew are the only MLS team not to score off set pieces in 2011.

* Columbus is now 1-3-4 when allowing the game’s first goal.

* Columbus is 9-7-2 vs Real Salt Lake, 6-1-0 at Crew Stadium.

* Real Salt Lake is 2-2-1 on the road

 

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